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Babylon : Mesopotamia and the birth of civilization

Author: Paul Kriwaczek
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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The author, a historian brings to life the world of ancient Mesopotamia and the city of Babylon, tracing their rise from a loose federation to a monarchy to the rise of ancient Sumerian civilization, with its tales of the Great Flood and the epics of semidivine heroes such as Gilgamesh.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Kriwaczek
ISBN: 9781250000071 1250000076 9781250054166 1250054168
OCLC Number: 740628621
Notes: Originally published : London : Atlantic Books, 2010.
Description: viii, 310 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Lessons from the past: an Introduction --
Kingship descends from heaven: the urban revolution before 4000 BCE --
The City of Gilgamesh: temple rule between c. 4000 and 3000 BCE --
The flood: a Caesura in history --
Big men and kings: the city-states, c. 3000 to 2300 BCE --
Rulers of the four quarters: the bronze heroic age, c. 2300 to 2200 BCE --
Sumer resurgent: the Dirigiste state, c. 2100 to 2000 BCE --
Old Babylon: the culmination, c. 1900 to 1600 BCE --
Empire of Ashur: colossus of the first millennium, c. 1800 BCE to 700 BCE --
Passing the baton: an end and a beginning after 700 BCE.
Responsibility: Paul Kriwaczek.

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The author, a historian brings to life the world of ancient Mesopotamia and the city of Babylon, tracing their rise from a loose federation to a monarchy to the rise of ancient Sumerian civilization, with its tales of the Great Flood and the epics of semidivine heroes such as Gilgamesh.

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